Children & Youth

One reading is not enough to capture all of the nuances in this book... 
Africville is destined to become a picture book classic.” 
 Canadian Review of Materials

Since the publication of her first book Up Home (winner of the 2009 Best Atlantic Published Book prize at the Atlantic Book Awards), Shauntay Grant's picture books have been nominated for top prizes and critically acclaimed by numerous publications including the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Kirkus Reviews, and CM Magazine. Her picture book Africville with illustrator Eva Campbell was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Awards and the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards; Africville is also shortlisted for the 2019 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. Shauntay has contributed work to various educational publications for children and youth, including McGraw-Hill Ryerson's iLit Digital Collection, Rubicon Publishing's Sankofa Black Heritage Collection, and Pearson Canada's Live Ink Online. Click here to find articles and reviews of her work, and visit the online store to purchase copies of her publications.

My Hair Is Beautiful (Nimbus Publishing, 2019)
By Author: Shauntay Grant

Natural, knotty, fluffy, frizzy, twisted, tangled, pony, puffed!

A celebration of natural hair, from afros to cornrows and everything in between, My Hair is Beautiful is a joyful board book with a powerful message of self-love. 

Governor General's Award-nominated author Shauntay Grant brings her unique spoken-word style to this fun read-aloud, featuring minimalist text and vibrant photos of toddlers sporting fresh dos, and a mirror to reflect your own baby's beauty.

Africville (Groundwood Books, 2018)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Eva Campbell

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

The Walking Bathroom (Nimbus Publishing, 2017)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Erin Bennett Banks

It’s Halloween and Amayah doesn’t have a costume to wear to school. She dressed as a ghost for the last three years in a row, witches are overdone, and fairies are not her style. She wants to be something different, something creative, something no one else in the world has ever been in the history of Halloween.

A sweet story of standing out and fitting in.

Apples and Butterflies (Nimbus Publishing, 2012)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo

I want to rest inside a sunrise dream 
an endless stretch of sea and sand and foam 
I want to go 
go where butterflies dance like children 

Apples and Butterflies is a gentle, lyrical poem about a family's autumn vacation and shows Prince Edward Island in a light we don't often see—the bright blue and orange light of fall. Tamara Thiébaux-Heikalo's rich and wild illustrations build a narrative with the text, showing us the family beachcombing, flying kites, and picking apples. 

The City Speaks In Drums (Nimbus Publishing, 2010)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Susan Tooke

Two boys from North End Halifax explore their neighbourhood and the city beyond, finding music everywhere. At the skate park, by the Public Gardens, down Spring Garden Road, and on the boardwalk, drums and saxophones and dancers and basketballs create the jumbled, joyful, pulsing rhythm of Halifax. Shauntay Grant's playful spoken word-style poem and Susan Tooke's vivid illustrations create a wildly energetic and appealing journey through the big, bright city. Click here to listen to an audio recording of the author reading from the book.

Up Home (Nimbus Publishing, 2008)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Susan Tooke

A heartwarming portrayal of North Preston past and present. This touching poem from spoken-word artist, poet and CBC Radio personality Shauntay Grant portrays the Nova Scotian community of Preston. Short, staccato lines, musicality and the use of real, spoken language, and Susan Tooke's breathtaking illustrations using real models from the community, combine in a sensory experience that is sure to wow readers of all ages. Grant's memories of growing up reflect a magical place where landscape, food, history and, most of all, people come together in a community filled with love and beauty. A powerful story with positive images of one of Nova Scotia's most important black communities.